Fragile Oasis

freedom is 
circling 
on a bicycle

where days end 
and the revolutions 
of pine cones
remind us of what 
might have been

dialectics of butterflies
riverboats resting in 
quiet fulfillment

to the birds: keep going

to the grasshoppers: the parable
remains the same

what music walks for
the monologues of rose petals
or the hearts at our feet

This poem was inspired by the song, “Fragile Oasis,” by Pieter Savenberg.

12 thoughts on “Fragile Oasis

    1. For sure. I’m actually thinking of taking mine out today. There’s something so fragile about spring—I think, because it often feels so short—and being on a bike is one of the best ways to enjoy it.

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  1. A song for spring, for thawing hearts, for creatures delicate and small. 💖

    The first stanza could easily be a mantra for me.
    I have the same mountain bike I have had since 1992. Oh the journeys and joys we have shared.
    It is probably time to get a new, lighter one, but I don’t think I can trade in my old and loyal friend. 🚲

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    1. That’s awesome. 🚲 I did a mini-triathlon about 5 years ago, and I got a road bike to train for it, which I still use for workouts, but it’s not the same as putting on your headphones on a beautiful spring day and cruising on a mountain bike. I say hang on to your old friend. 😊

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      1. Bravo to you! The swimming portion would kill me. Actually all of it would at this point in my life. I used to run 5ks and did other crazy stuff, like mud runs. Bike riding during a spring day with headphones sounds lovely. I should get to it! 😀 I agree with you. I will hang on to my old friend. When I first started riding that bike, I was listening to a cassette player tucked in my pocket. 😂

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      2. It was the bike-to-run transition that was toughest for me. There’s a period of a few minutes at the beginning of the run in which you feel like your legs don’t work, and you’ve got to struggle to regain the rhythm of your breathing. That sucked. It was a good experience, though. To tell the truth, I’ve mellowed out a lot when it comes to fitness in the last few years myself. I still do some kind of exercise everyday, but I do whatever I feel like—light, vigorous, yoga, running, walking, whatever—as long as we keep moving and doing activities we enjoy. 🙂 I wish you a happy bike ride the next time you go (albeit without the cassette player)! 😉 And thank you for the conversation.

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      3. I have never been a fast runner, so I cannot imagine tackling a race like that. I ran with a group of ladies for over four years in Tucson. Mon-Fri 5:30 am, rain or shine. My body would go into shock if I did that now. I would need to slowly ease into it. 😆 I like your approach – doing exercise/activities that you enjoy is the best long-term plan. 😃 I will be bike riding soon and as often as I can before the heat makes it unbearable. Yes, without the cassette player and batteries. haha! My pleasure, thank you. Have a lovely Sunday.

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      4. I know what you mean about the heat. I dial back my running big time in the summer and swim for cardio instead…it’s the humidity that gets to me. There was a time when I used to get up and workout at 5:30 am, too. Followed by a protein shake, and I was ready to take on the world! 😂Isn’t it funny how our ambitions change as we get older? Have a great Sunday! ☺️

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  2. Enjoyed reading this and especially with the song accompanying it…so beautiful.
    “to the birds: keep going to the grasshoppers: the parable remains the same” …these lines really spoke to me as I listened to the music. With eyes closed, I see how much remains the same as well as how things do also change…to walk with all of it as we “keep going”

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